Posts Tagged ‘The Gourds’

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 19th, 2010

New York City ska pioneers The Toasters will play twice at Mountain’s Edge this weekend, once on Friday and once Saturday. Here’s a clip of my conversation with founding member and frontman Robert “Bucket” Hingley:

GO!: I read somewhere about your efforts to run The Toasters according to a set of core principles. Can you tell me about those principles?

Bucket: What we’ve tried to do is always keep in touch with the fans and (not decline to) play shows because the venue wasn’t big enough or we didn’t have a nice hotel, or that kind of stuff. We still run it like a punk-rock band in that sense.

Otherwise, it’s about sticking to your own music and not trying to follow trends, and not writing tunes to sound like something because the record label wants you to do that. I think just sticking to playing 2 Tone ska music, which hasn’t always been popular, I think that’s what’s helped us stick around for a long time, because people appreciate that.

Read the whole thing here.

I saw The Gourds for the first time in 12 years last weekend and loved it. Here’s part of my review:

Russell introduced “Hallelujah Shine” with a stark verse of “Amazing Grace,” only to giggle halfway through while watching snowriders racing down the giant rail-jam structure standing tall behind the audience. Smith tore through one of his best songs, “LGO,” singing past his ever-present toothpick as Bernard played the song’s serpentine accordion riff.

Then Russell shifted from “Country Gal” into Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls,” tossing in a Joe Cocker impression just for fun. Or maybe to stay warm, because the band looked cold, especially Johnston. Even a few reminders of home — a colorful zarape in the kick drum, cases of Tecate beer just offstage — couldn’t make Central Oregon feel like Central Texas.

You can read the whole thing here. The video above was shot by stephsmomfr. Frequency has video of the show here and a bunch of great photos here.

Elsewhere in the music section: Greg Botsford’s CD-release show, Moonalice returns to Bend and Jukebot plays Silver Moon, plus The Confederats, Blowin’ Smoke, Eric Tollefson and Shireen Amini, Tentareign and The Sofa Kings, The Sweet Harlots, Hot Tea Cold and Empty Wotta. And, as always, complete music listings are here.

Photos: The Gourds at Bend WinterFest

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Bulletin photographer Rob Kerr attended The Gourds’ set at Bend WinterFest last weekend and came away with some terrific shots of the band. Thanks, Rob! Be sure to click below the first couple to see the rest, click here for video from the show, and look for my full review in Friday’s GO! Magazine.

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Video: The Gourds at Bend WinterFest

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Here’s video of Austin, Texas band The Gourds playing “Hallelujah Shine” last night at Bend WinterFest. Look for some still photos from the show here on the blog in the next day or so, and my full review will appear in Friday’s GO! Magazine.

(Note: Frontman Kev Russell does let fly with a dirty word at about :35. Consider yourself warned.)

Art vs. Commerce this weekend in Bend (or why you should go see songwriters instead of cover bands)

Friday, February 12th, 2010

There are a lot of options out there this weekend for music-loving Central Oregonians, and that’s great. But I want to take a quick look at four shows — two tonight, two Saturday night — that provide an interesting contrast in styles and an interesting study in the kind of live-music experience people want to consume.

Both nights begin at Bend WinterFest, and then head to a local bar for a nightcap. Let’s take them in the oft-neglected non-chronological order.

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October 23 in GO! Magazine

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Today, someone asked me if there are times of the year that I’m busier than others, and times of the year when I’m struggling to find something to cover.

When I took this job more than three years ago, the answer probably would’ve been yes. Back then, it seemed the local music scene slowed down in September and October, and stayed pretty slow until about April or May.

But things have changed. For the third fall in a row, I’m just not seeing much of a drop-off in the amount of music-related activity now that the air is getting chillier and my yard is covered with leaves. The (relatively) dead season for concerts in Bend seems to have permanently shortened from October through April to maybe December through March.

That’s awesome, of course, for people like you and me, who love music and love having a multitude of live-music options in our town.

This week is no different. Just look at all these good shows coming up over the next seven days. In a slow week, a half-dozen of these could’ve been perfectly solid choices for a full feature story. As it is, I’m trying to cram them all into a limited amount of space in GO! Magazine. That’s a good problem to have.

-Bay Area jam-grass faves Poor Man’s Whiskey are coming to town, and they’re bringing their “Dark Side of the Moonshine” show with them. Lasers! Costumes! Fog! FLOYD!

-Local hilllbilly punk troupe Larry and His Flask has been on tour for months, and this weekend they’ll play two homecoming shows at the Domino Room and Silver Moon Brewing.

-The buzz is loud for Wednesday’s show at Silver Moon featuring the U.K.-based rock ‘n’ soul band The Heavy. These guys know how to bring it; it will be interesting to see how they draw on a school night.

-Two very intriguing benefits are going down this weekend: Saturday’s Witness Your World fundraiser will feature music by Kev Russell of The Gourds, and Rise Up International will hold its Art For India event on Sunday, with music provided by The Autonomics, Leif James and Chris Chabot.

-This weekend is absolutely packed with good stuff, including Matt Hopper and Eric Tollefson at Silver Moon, Gavin Wahl-Stephens at McMenamins, The Pink Snowflakes at Players, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo at Black Horse Saloon, Mine+Us and DJ Hoppa at Bendistillery Martini Bar and a bunch of poppy, punky, rocky bands at the Rise Up studio, headlined by Phone Calls from Home.

Seriously. Anyone know if there’s a place in Bend that offers human cloning?

The Gourds’ Kev “Shinyribs” Russell to play benefit Saturday (plus a sneak peek at WinterFest headliners)

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

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I know you love the Austin, Texas Cajun-jam-billy (what?) band The Gourds. You must, and others around here must, because we’re graced with their presence about once every couple of years. In my humble opinion, The Gourds are one of the best bands that comes to Bend regularly.

Say, did you know they’ll be here again in January to headline the first night of Bend WinterFest? The all-female AC/DC cover band Hell’s Belles will return to headline the second night. More details are here.)

And here’s something else you may not know (since I haven’t seen much promotion): Kev Russell, one of The Gourds’ two main songwriters, will be in Bend on Saturday to play a fundraiser at the Old Stone Church (157 N.W. Franklin Ave.) under his solo moniker Shinyribs. Mai from Moon Mountain Ramblers is going to open the show.

The event will raise money for humanitarian efforts in Africa by a group called Off the Mat, Into the World. Tickets are $25 at the door, and things will get going around 7:30 p.m. For more info, call 541-410-5513.

Sounds like a pretty nifty opportunity to help a good cause and see a fine songwriter in an intimate setting and outside the confines of his best-known band.

Here’s the band’s cover of Snoop Dogg’s “Gin & Juice,” which you’ve undoubtedly heard, but possibly thought was Phish, since the song was widely labeled as such on file-sharing networks back in the day. (Sensitive ears be aware of NSFW language. It’s a Snoop Dogg song.)

Their “Gin & Juice” cover raised The Gourds’ profile more than anything else, I suppose. But if you’re interested in hearing what this band is all about, most of their albums are quite good. I suggest starting with “Ghosts of Hallelujah,” a peach of an album where the band’s mix of melodic sense, Texas twang and surrealist poetry come together seamlessly.